IMI manager wins diversity award

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced that competitions manager Richard Hutchins has won a prestigious WorldSkills UK’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Award.

The awards celebrate the individuals and organisations championing diversity and inclusion within the business and technical education sectors.

Hutchins has secured the Skills Competition Diversity Champion accolade for the second year in a row.

Joanna Hollingdale, careers and student membership manager at the IMI, said: “We are incredibly proud of Richard in achieving this hugely important accolade, which is so rightly deserved. More than 20 automotive apprentices who entered the IMI Skills Competitions last year were shortlisted for the WorldSkills UK competition, thanks to Richard’s unyielding passion and commitment.

“Not only is it a personal win for Richard, it is also an endorsement of the IMI’s ambition to drive change led by our Diversity Task Force. Over the past year, each of the Working Groups within our Diversity Task Force has made a significant commitment to understand the challenges our industry needs to embrace, and their recommendations will be included in a full report to be launched on 17 March. This will include benchmarking professional standards against cultural competency and developing Continual Professional Development activities that effectively support diversity and inclusion within the automotive sector.”